Halloween is almost here and while a lot of people in Bacchus Marsh probably still think of the holiday as an American custom, each year it seems that more and more people get into the Halloween spirit by decorating their homes, carving pumpkins and holding costume parties.
Trick or treating is also becoming a popular activity for the little ones, but it’s important to keep in mind that there can be safety risks if children are left to wander the neighbourhood on their own.
If you can, get together with people you already know in your neighbourhood and organise whose homes can be visited so that you know that your children will be safe and that they won’t be disturbing anybody who doesn’t want to be.
You might also like to leave a note in people’s letterboxes to let them know you plan on doorknocking so they can contact you (or leave a sign out front) to let you know whether or not they want to be a part of trick or treating.
If you and your neighbours can all agree on who will be trick or treating then it will be a lot safer and more fun for everyone.
It’s also important to always have a trusted adult accompanying the kids to make sure that they respect the houses they’re visiting and stay safe on the roads too.
Remember a lot of people still don’t celebrate Halloween so it’s important to respect people who don’t want to be a part of the holiday or who might be scared of little ghouls running around. It might also help if you trick or treat early in the evening so as not to scare people late at night.
Here are some more tips for trick or treaters, courtesy of the Queensland Police Service:
• Be accompanied by a mother or father monster at all times (or another responsible witch, ghost or vampire);
• Black cats love to slink around, but you should walk, not run between houses and stick to the footpath rather than the road. Black cats don’t want to be seen, and for good reason, but if you wear black, it will reduce your visibility to passing motorists!
• Never enter a stranger’s house, even if they have invited you in after knocking on their door;
• Be aware that not everybody celebrates Halloween, and some may find a group of young witches, zombies or Frankenstein’s Bride on their door step very confronting!; and
• Consider joining your friends on your neighbourhood adventure – there is safety in numbers.
If you plan on trick or treating in the Bacchus Marsh region this year, then feel free to share your plans on my Facebook page at www.facebook.com/ian.bacchusmarsh.